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Teach Emotional Essential Life Skills Utilizing Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary provides you and your student with K5 focused content to support essential life skills including communication, perspective-taking, and emotional intelligence. Specially designed topic pages help focus students on specific topics and promote organized research, while more advanced tools make it simple for teachers to surface content for many lesson types. Join this session to learn how you can incorporate Gale In Context: Elementary into your Essential Life Skills or Social Emotional Learning lessons.

Duration: Under 15 Minutes
Thank you again everyone for being on the line

today. Today, we're talking about teaching

emotional essential life skills with

Gale in Context Elementary. My

name is Amber Winters and I am your

Gale training consultant for the day.

I have a quick agenda here. So first I just

want to briefly go over what Gall and Context

Elementary is to make sure we're all on the same


We're going to walk through the content for the majority

of our time today though. So we're going to see where

we can find this great social, emotional

learning and life skills content.

We're going to talk about how you can utilize

that content. So some different strategies

when we're talking about the different content types

or the different tools within the resource, how you can

utilize those and leverage them in your classroom,

we're going to talk about some support materials just

to give you some extra inspiration. So

if you are planning on getting this information

out to your students, we have a lot of

premade material that can help you out with that.

And then at the end of the session, we should have

time for any questions, but feel free to put them

into the Q and A. As we move along

today, I should be able to answer them kind

of throughout the session. You shouldn't have to wait until the very end.

And then I have some wrap up contact information

for you at the very end as well.

So let's go ahead and just jump right in here. So, first

off Galen context elementary, if

you're new to it, if it's been a while is

you're going to be your resource for your K five

students. And it

includes quite a wide variety of content

everywhere from reference works

which we call book articles and ga context

elementary to make them a little bit more inviting

to newspapers and magazines. We have a great

set of images and video files

as well as different biographies and things like that.

And this is cross curricular. So today, of course,

we're focused on that social emotional learning

kind of section of the resource.

You will find information on science,

social studies


people, the world. It's

very, very cross curricular, art and music.

You'll find quite a bit of content for that as

well. And within this platform, we

do have both search and browse capabilities.

We're going to spend our time browsing

today. So you can see how easy it is to

really point and click down to the information that you

need, but we do have both

and our content we're going to take a look at today are

going to be great for Bell Ringers

for station learning. If you're planning on setting

up stations, it's great to

either print off of this resource or

to just have this resource set open

in a station for students. It's really easy for them

to navigate independently.

Also, of course, as you could imagine,

great for project research. That's a lot

of times what we think of when we think about this resource.

But there's so much more than just project

research, also great for group discussions

and things like that.

It especially comes in handy if you have this

link to a learning management system

or if you have access to Google, Google

classroom, you can actually send content

directly from this platform to wherever

you're instructing your students. So

that just gives you another layer of connectivity

with this resource, you'll really be able to get

it into the, the hands of your students really


So again, today, we're talking about the different

emotional and social essential

life skills that we want to teach

our students. So we're going to be

using the topic tree navigation today

when we do jump into the resource and

this is going to move students forward

just point, see a clicking. So this is really great.

Again, if you're maybe having them work independently

or if they're working at home and you want them to access

this content, you don't need to worry about them

building their own search terms, which they may not

be ready for just yet. They can point

and click and narrow it down to exactly what they're looking

for. Specifically

when we're talking about our emotional and

social learning information that's

all found within our health topic. We've kind

of included all of that there. So not

only personal health, so physical and mental,

but also relationship health. We've kind of all

included that right into our health category

and that is found right on the home page. So your

students will be able to immediately see where they need

to click into.

And once they do click into that health topic, you'll see,

we've added another layer of

point and click selection to

our topic trees where they're going to be able to narrow down

even further. So they're in this health

section, but maybe they want to learn about getting

along with each other or maybe they're more

concerned about their emotions and kind of how

they're feeling internally.

They'll be able to find all of that content and

you'll be able to find all of that content right?

In this really simple and easy to navigate

topic tree

and each of these topics are broken down into

topic pages as well. We'll take a look at

that in the resource. They really organize

everything we have available for students. They're going to get

a nice topic overview. If we have

book articles, they'll see those, they'll see images,

they'll see related topics. It's

a really nice one stop shop

for whatever you're planning on doing in your classroom.

So let's go and take a look. Let's see how we can

use this content, how we can find it.

All that good stuff. I haven't seen questions

pop up here

um in the Q and A but I will

pass for just one second here. Are there any questions

about just that very brief overview

we just touched on?

OK, I don't see any. So let's go ahead

and get started then. So this is our Gain Context

elementary home page. I'm

sure most of you are already familiar.

So go ahead, let's go ahead and scroll down here.

And as I mentioned, we're stopping to today, we're starting

today at our health section. That's where we're going to

find all of that social and emotional

learning content.

So when I click into health here,

I'm just taking to my second level of my topic

tree. So again, we saw this on my slide.

This is giving me more options to see exactly

what I'm looking for.

So let's today. Um Let's worry about

getting along with others. Maybe that's our, you know, that we're

starting here.

So once I jump down to that next level of

content now is we're going to find

some really specific topics here.

You'll see things like body language, bullying,

different relationships that we're talking

about to understanding others. But what

I want to point out on this page

is this, I wonder question down

here at the bottom. These are really

excellent for Bell Ringers.

You can either copy this question and, you know, post

it yourself or you can have your students

pull up the resource on

their computers or their desks and they can

take a look at this, I wonder they can write out their


and they can hit this find out. So maybe

they want to answer first or maybe they want to find

out first. But when they select, find

out it pulls them

forward to this page, whatever page is related

to the question

and they'll be able to read through and

answer that question.

So a really simple way to get them engaged

with the content. It's right there

on the bottom of that page for them

and it does change periodically. So I

do suggest um having all

of your students sign in at the same time and taking

a look at the same time. I think it's especially

helpful just to have it on your front board.

So you have your smart board, you're projecting

to whatever you're projecting to have this

pulled up and your students will be able to answer

and you can even find out together what's

what different answers are available for them.

Well, let's go ahead and click into one of these topics

here. We'll work as a team

today. That's always a, a

difficult seat when

we're talking about elementary kiddos is getting

them to start working in healthy teams.

So here we are, this is

our topic page. So I want

to mention that I can actually get a link directly

to this topic page. I can actually

get a link to any page within this resource.

So if I want to just

start students off on their learning on this

page, maybe I don't want them clicking all the way through

the resource. I know what content I content

I want them to see and I want them to get there quickly.

I can use this, get link of top here,

my toolbar

and I can get a persistent URL to this page.

So I can really easily copy and paste

this maybe in a discussion board,

maybe on a syllabus. If you're going to have

students utilizing this in a project,

I could even, you know, send it out to parents.

Maybe I want parents to take a look at this page

and help their students at home.

I can use this, get link and get a link to any page.

So back me up just quickly if I decided,

um I wanted to jump back to this option

here. I wanted them to see all of the different topics

related to getting along with others.

I can be on this page again,

use that link in the same spot.

I know they can be bumped here

and this may be great if you want students to find their

own topic.

So if you want them to start exploring on their own, maybe they're going

to be working in groups, each group is going to

take an individual topic and

then they're going to come together and share out after

or again. If you're planning on doing something like

stations, you can have this pulled forward

just again, a really nice way to get this content

out to your students. But let's stick with

working as a team here.

So just briefly this topic page, I'm gonna

point out some of the key features before we jump

right in here. So you'll see, we get some quick

facts about whatever topic we're looking

at. And then underneath, we see all of the

different content types that are related

to this specific topic here.

So you'll see, we have our book articles, those are

reference works. So shorter reference pieces,

we call them book articles just to make it a little more inviting

if your learning

community has access to Gale ebooks

and you have elementary leveled ebooks.

Those will also appear here as well.

So you'll see, I have a few ebooks that are

attached to my Gale Ebooks account that

are going to populate here for me as well. So I can

actually log into a full ebook right from

Gale and Context Elementary.

You'll see. We've got some pictures, we have a nice

video about supporting each other. So

you will find some social emotional

learning video content here as well.

If I click into this here, I'm just going to

pause it and we're not going to play through it.

But you'll see, this is a short one, this is a minute

and 25 seconds. So a really nice

quick way to get some information over to

students again. And a really nice

bell ringer just to play this nice

short video and have students maybe answer some questions

that you have assigned to them.

You'll see underneath the video itself. We do

include um the full

transcript here. So if students need the transcript,

we have that we also have closed captioning

on all of our videos here as well.

So let's go ahead and jump back

at the very bottom of these topic pages. We also

include related topics. So if your

students are working independently and you want

them to kind of continue learning on their own,

this related topics may be a good place

for them to go as well. So they kind of understand

working as a team now.

So maybe they also want to consider um avoiding

conflict, obviously, that's directly related

to working in a team. So maybe they want to jump to that

topic now.

But let me scroll up here. I'm just going to hit

keep reading, which is going to launch me into this

overview. It's going to pull forward the full text

and let's talk just a little bit on how we can use

an article within our classrooms here.

So I do want to show you a few different ways to

really make this content as accessible

as possible for students before we talk about

some teaching strategies.

So if you have students who need

excuse me,

um some additional support with their reading,

we have the ability to increase

and decrease the font size here. Scroll

down, you can see that

we also have the option to translate this


So a lot of schools of course, have

a, a large Spanish speaking

population, you can translate

this to Spanish. I know a lot of places

I'm located in Michigan. So a lot of places

especially in Southeast Michigan

have a large student population who speaks Arabic.

So you can also translate to Arabic and

you'll see quite a few different language options

here as well.

So you can if you decide maybe to print

out this article for your students,

you could translate and maybe print some in Spanish,

maybe print them in English. You'll have that

capability here on the platform.

We also have these great display options here.

So again, if you have students who need

special support as they're reading, maybe

they need a background color to help them out.

Maybe they want a different font. You'll see, we do have

a dyslexia font. So if you're working with dyslexic

students or just students who have trouble

reading in general, this font may be helpful

for them

and then you'll see if we can change the line letter word spacing.

So this is really nice to kind of prep before

you work with your students. You'll see now it's quite

a bit different than when it started off as

so this is great to prep before you even

get started. So, you know, your students, best

of course, if you're working with a group

of students who are maybe struggling readers,

you may want to have all of this accessibility

feature turned on and ready to go for them before

you even start reading and, and have it ready.

I'm gonna turn it all off for today

back to my default settings

and these

accessibility tools,

sorry if I'm trying, I thought there these accessibility

tools do follow along as you move

forward through the session. So

if you're having students maybe read more than one

article. Once you have your parameters

set, you have all your features set, it will follow

along for them.

So another accessibility feature I want

to point out is our leveling options

you'll see at the very top of my page here.

I have the option to view a level one or

level two version of this

document. If I click into level one,

oops, looks like it signed me out

because I left it sitting

in my browser here. There we go. So

I started off here and I just selected level

one here on the left hand side. It's

going to pull forward a lower level of content

and our levels

are a stick with level two.

Um Our levels are based

on Lexa Ranges. So if you want to see the actual

lea of a document that you're planning on working on

with students,

you can go to this little article info button

in this right hand corner here

and it gives you the flex measure dropdown. So

you'll see you have two different options for this article.

Of course, one is at that higher level and one is at

that lower, you can toggle here as well.

So again, if you're trying to differentiate, maybe you do

have stations set up and you want some stations

to read the lower level of content. And

maybe you have some students who are excelling who

are may be ready to take a look at the higher level of content.

You can differentiate which students see what

piece of content and they're going to get the same information

just in a few different methods. So I

think this is a really nice feature for you as Well,

if you are working with a pretty diverse

group of students, we are trying to help

you here to have some different reading


But now let's

go ahead and take a look at this article here. So let me spur it onto

the actual text. I will point out you'll see. Sometimes

we have things like words to know, you

may want to bring to your students attention.

You see down here, we have an activity

available here as well.

If I go into my level two,

they'll most likely be slightly different. You'll see this has

main ideas,

this one has another activity, but it's a little bit

more advanced activities. So

these are often times helpful for you. So

if you're looking for a quick, you know,

quick activity to run in your class,

I recommend clicking into some of our articles. A lot

of times you will find we call them

sidebars even though they're in the middle of the page.

you may find activities, you also might

find things like critical thinking questions that you can

post to your students. So you find

a lot of

activity work kind of embedded within

our articles. But what I want to talk

about is close reading.

We actually have a, a great feature, our highlights

and notes feature that make it really helpful

if you're planning on close reading as a group.

So what we've seen a lot of educators do is

pull up whatever article they want to read with their

students. And of course they can pull it up

on their smart board or whatever projector

they're using. Or of course they can have students pull

it up individually.

I think it's most beneficial to pull it up on

the smart board and then work together. So you'll

start to read through this article

and you can ask students, let me know when you think

a piece of content or when you

think a sentence is really important and we're

going to highlight it

so we can run through. And you know, Timmy

told me that this sentence was really

helpful. So we're gonna highlight

that in purple

as you're reading through. Maybe Mary says,

wow, this, this sentence is really,

really important to what we're reading. This is giving us

maybe the the main points of this

page, we can highlight that again,

maybe I have another student who's saying, I don't

really understand what the sentence is.

So maybe that's going to be highlighted in yellow

and we can come back and kind of kind

of dig deeper into this sentence to see

exactly what it means. So this is a really

nice way to get students engaged in the

text instead of just reading through it, they're

going through their highlighting the key points.

Maybe they're highlighting things they don't quite understand.

And again, this can be done together as a large

group where the teacher is herself

is highlighting the bit of information

that students point out or it can be done


and students can have to point it out on their own.

And if we are using this method where we're highlighting

and kind of keeping this information, may

we may want to keep those for later or maybe

students will be turning that into you.

So we have a few different collaborative tools that

may be helpful. So you can actually send

this over to Google classroom. You'll see my Google

classroom icon up top here.

So if you want to send all the information that way,

I'm not signed in, so I won't sign in today.

But you see it pops up into this little

window, you'll be able to create an

assignment, ask a question. Anything

you would be able to do within the native Google

classroom interface and you'll be able to post

it or you can

choose you or your students can choose

to send over to a Google drive or

a one drive and sending over to these drives does

keep the highlights along with the article.

So if you do assign students to

maybe highlighting the key points of an article

or highlighting the things that can, they confuse

them that they found most interesting,

you can have them send it over to a drive or

you can have it, you can have them email it to

you. If you have your email address

handy, you prefer that

it does again keep those highlights

and they can send that over to you.

This can also be downloaded or printed.

So again, if you prefer to have a hard copy,

you have that ability here.

But it's a really nice way to keep this.

So once we have all of this set, we

do kind of aggregate all of our highlights

and notes together on one page as well.

So if you want to take a look at that as a class,

we have them nice and neatly organized in a chart.

If you click into our highlights and notes option here,

you'll see what I have highlighted, but I'm going to hit

you all

and now we'll see the different sentences we have highlighted.

We'll see there are different highlight colors and we

can add notes here.

This is a great way just to have students

kind of see the overall view

of an article. This is really nice. If you want

to help students learn how to summarize

information, you can tell them, you know, highlights

the pieces of this text that are most important

that are going to give someone who's not

reading the actual text and understanding of

what it's saying. So they can highlight,

pull forward into this highlights and notes

option and they'll be able to

just read what they highlighted to see if it

really does make sense to see if they really

did summarize the text,

you'll see they can label their highlights as well.

So if they want to label these maybe

you'll see, I have a few different labels they've already used.

maybe they highlighted the introduction

of something. They can choose the highlights

and list that here. Um Again, if they

may be confused about something,

they can just note that here. And again,

they can save this for themselves.

They can choose to send this over somewhere if

they want to send it to their drives or if maybe they want

to email it to you,

they can download or they can print right here as

well. So this is another great way to

just have them kind of talk to the text

and pull it apart and really understand

what exactly it's trying to say

and then clicking into it. They can easily get

right back here

to this main page and make edits. However

they want to do that.

I want to jump back into my presentation

slides because of a few different bits

of inspiration for activities that I hope

will help you get this content to

your students. So do you have any questions

just about the content we took a look at or

a few of those different tools we explored?

OK. I don't see any. So I quickly

want to mention we have a lot of pre

creative activities already found

on our support site, which is


And while a lot of these activities aren't specifically

focused on social and emotional learning,

they give you kind of a great template if you want

to get your students involved using that kind

of option. So the

first we have is a scavenger hunt. We have

a huge collection of scavenger hunts.

but these are great teams just to start up

as well. So if you want to have a scavenger hunt, maybe

about emotions or something like that,

you go ahead and edit this to include just content

related to emotions.

Another great way to get this content into your

classroom is using an escape room and

we do have a full blank escape

room on our support site for you. So

again, as you look for this specific

content you want, maybe it is working with the

team, maybe it's conflict resolution.

Maybe it's perspective taking,

you can build a full escape room around

that using the template we already have created on

the support site. So no reinventing

the wheel for you.

You also might want to consider trading cards.

We use those for a lot of different

topics within the resource. So you'll

see this one here. I pulled forward is just for solar

systems, but it could also be great for

emotions, you know, anger, sadness,

happiness, excitement.

And then on the back, you'll have them fill out

whatever information you want them to fill out.

When do people feel angry? How do people

express their anger?

And it's also a great idea to have them cite

their sources on the backs of these

trading cards as well. Within

the resource, we actually have a citation tool

where students could just click and get that citation

create, created for them.

It's an excellent way to have them practice citing


So nice, simple trading cards

and we also have things you'll see. This one here is

focused specifically on bullying. So this

one is kind of pulling forward that social

emotional learning, those life skills.

This one's in just an article

article report like a book report,

they find an article within Galan context elementary

that's about bullying

and then they read through the article, they

go over the why of the article, the

what did you learn? Reflections? And

then you see this one also has a class presentation

set up as well.

So these are just a few different ways that you can kind

of get in contact elementary

into your classroom. Instead of just

focusing on research projects.

Of course, we want your students to

use this for their research. Always, always.

But it also offers quite

a few different activity options to really

engage students electronically

as opposed to strictly

on paper. So

quite a few different new options for you

to take a look at there

and that's what I have for you today. We do have

a few minutes left. So I would love to answer questions,

that anyone may have left over again.

If you're looking for some more specific

activity suggestions, we do have

our support site where you can find those. So

if you want to pull that, blank

escape room, if you're planning and running in emotions,

escape room or a teamwork escape room,

you'll find that on our support site as well as

scavenger hunts. all that good


I definitely recommend taking a look

if you do have the time.

If you have more questions about this or maybe

about Gale and contact elementary, just

in general, you can reach out to your customer

success manager. If you don't know who it is,

just send an email to [email protected]

and they can help you

out. They can also work with you

to take a look at the support site. If you want to take a look

at the materials we have available, to

really integrate this into your lessons.

You can certainly do that

if you don't have access to Gale and Context

elementary right now, but you're interested, reach

out to your sales consultant. If you don't know

who they are, you can send I'm sorry,

you can go to

and you'll be

forwarded to the correct individual and you can talk about

this resource with them, or maybe talk

about your gale ebooks and how you can get those integrated

within gale and context elementary.

And finally, I do have a quick session survey

here. If you have the time to take it, I have a QR

code posted. It's also going

to pop up in your browser once we're done here for

the day. But I would love for you to take that

just so we can make sure that we're always

kind of hitting what you're looking for

when you join these sessions. We want to make sure

that you're getting the content that you need.
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